Natural Resources Wales highlights its top pick of places for an autumn walk

A girl throwing leaves in a forest

As the October half term holiday approaches, Natural Resources Wales has highlighted five of the woodlands and nature reserves it manages across Wales where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a walk full of seasonal colour this autumn.

The walks include shorter routes ideal for families with young children and an accessible trail suitable for wheelchair users. Every walk is waymarked and graded to give an indication of its difficulty, and there is an information panel at the start of the route.

Mary Galliers, NRW’s Specialist Advisor, Estate Recreation and Access Promotion said:
“The air is crisp and the colours are sharp in autumn, making it the perfect time of year to enjoy spectacular views and stunning scenery.
“Autumn is also a great time for visiting sites that have been busier during the summer months.
“The best way to appreciate the array of seasonal colours is on foot but an autumn walk isn’t just for enjoyment; people who are active and enjoy the outdoors are more likely to have longer, healthier and happier lives.”

Here are our five picks for an autumn walk:

  • Discover a tranquil lake in Gwydir Forest Park surrounded by trees rich with seasonal shades on the Llyn Elsi Walk from Betws-y-coed.
  • Challenge the children to spot the animal sculptures hidden amongst the autumn colours on the Animal Discovery Trail in Dyfi Forest near Machynlleth.
  • Admire the array of brown, gold and maroon colours of the raised bog from our accessible boardwalk at Cors Caron National Nature Reserve near Tregaron.
  • Enjoy the rich red and glorious golden hues and the crackle of fallen leaves underfoot on a circular walk through Cilgwyn Wood near Llandovery.
  • Savour the views of the dramatic Wye gorge through the colourful trees from the viewpoints along the Wonders of Whitestone trail in Whitestone Wood near Chepstow.

Plan ahead by checking the web page for the woodland or reserve before you set out and, when you arrive, take note of any signs and guidance on site to enjoy your visit safely.

Please follow the Countryside Code and stick to trails, leave gates as you find them, keep dogs under control, bag and bin dog poo and take your litter home.

For more information about these five walks or information about visiting other woodlands and National Nature Reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales go to: